This Sunday, Jan. 27, marks the 60th anniversary of the Winter Dance Party tour stop at the Fiesta Ballroom in Montevideo.

This Sunday, Jan. 27, marks the 60th anniversary of the Winter Dance Party tour stop at the Fiesta Ballroom in Montevideo. A number of the biggest names in rock and roll signed on to the ill-fated tour, which headlined Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, Dion and the Belmonts, and Frankie Sardo.

One week later on the evening of Feb. 2, the Winter Dance Party stopped in Clear Lake, Iowa. No one could have known it would be the last performance for Holly, Valens, and Richardson.

Ten years ago, in 2009, two documentary filmmakers visited Monte­video to gather stories from local residents who attended Winter Dance Party at the Fiesta Ballroom. Co-producers Sevan Garabedian of Montreal, QC, and Jim McCool of Madison, Wisconsin, conducted many interviews with locals who shared their memories of that ...

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